NK Restaurant Denies Connection to Seoul Outlet

    June 13, 1999 19:33

    A spokesperson for North Korea's Okryu Trading, which owns Pyongyang Okryugwan, a famous noodle restaurant, said Friday in a North Korean radio interview that the firm has not signed any agreement to open up an outlet in South Korea. The official continued, saying that it has not authorized the opening of the newly opened Okryukwan restaurant in Seoul, demanding that the successful restaurant suspend operations immediately and apologize for implying a relationship with the North Korean restaurant. Okryukwan Seoul president Kim Young-baek responded that he had not signed an agreement with Okryu Trading directly, but with a business belonging to the Korean Residents Association in Japan, which has signed a contract with the North Korean firm to open branches of the restaurant internationally.

    (Kim In-ku, ginko@chosun.com)

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